Alex will be presenting the following session
  • Alex Sloley

    Alex Sloley / Roslyn Martin - Agile Cheer - Bring It On!

    90 Mins

    "You better bring it!

    Oh, it's already been broughten!"

    The purpose of cheerleading is to support and encourage their team to achieve peak performance - they give the team the extra oomph to carry them over the goal line! The cheerleaders not only support and celebrate the wins, they also encourage the team when they need to push through their trials and tribulations. Cheerleaders build the hype of the team fans by creating infectious energy, just imagine your stakeholders hyped up because of your awesome team!

    In this session we will take lessons from professional cheerleading and apply them in an agile team context.

    We will cover the 3 pillars of agile cheerleading - chants, dances, and symbols and explore the fundamentals and benefits of an agile cheer so that you can super-charge your teams.



1. What got you started/interested in modern software development methods?

I met my first Scrum Master in 2007 while at Microsoft! I still remember how she helped our team, the Scrum pilot team in our org, take off. I was skeptical at first. Over time I saw the benefits of agile and I dedicated myself to helping others like she had helped me.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the software product engineering community today?

The #AIC is an ongoing challenge. Organizations will continue to face that challenge until they embrace the foundational theory of agile and understand that they need to do the hard work to discover how they can work together. Agile is not plug-and-play.

3. What do you think are the most exciting developments in software product engineering today?

I am excited to see how orgs will continue to experiment with virtual ways of working.

4. Why did you choose the topic(s) you will be speaking about at the conference?

I love partnering with diverse peoples in the agile community - our session reflects 2 people with different life experiences sharing a learning journey together.

5. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

It's "okay" to have fun! We don't really say that in our session, it's kinda implied. The Pandemic has been a challenging time for many people and a little fun goes a long way for our mental health.

6. Which sessions are you particularly looking forward to attending at Agile India this year?

I love sessions that are "different". I often select sessions randomly so I can enjoy the thrill of discovery when I least anticipate it.

7. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the software community?

I can't wait to see all of you in-person someday!